Football: Broncos fall from first

Scooting out to a two-touchdown lead at 21-7 in the first quarter, the Denton Broncos looked as if they were on their way to breaking the four-way tie atop District 5-5A. Denton’s Xavier Scott rushed for 272 yards and four touchdowns; however, the Broncos’ defense only forced three Azle punts all night as the Hornets rushed for 358 yards on the road to cap off a 55-34 victory at Bronco Field.

Football: Azle visits Denton for first-place battle

The Denton Broncos had an opportunity to pull off a tremendous comeback Oct. 16 at Wichita Falls Rider, but they came up short for their first loss of the season.

Volleyball: Denton upends Lady Rangers

On Tuesday against Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Denton played down a setter but still managed a 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16 win to give itself a chance for a tie for first place in District 5-5A.

Tennis: Broncos eliminated

Winning its last two matches of the regular season, the Denton Bronco tennis team was ready for Tuesday’s Class 5A playoff matchup against Saginaw Boswell.

Tennis: Bronco tennis ready for playoffs

With a change to the playoff format in Class 5A, the Denton tennis team has been the beneficiary of two added playoff spots. But with matches against Fort Worth Brewer and Azle to end the season, the Broncos had to earn the chance to enjoy the thrill of the playoffs. They delivered, winning both team matches, which secured them the No. 3 seed in the area tournament today against the No. 2 seed from District 5-6A, Saginaw.

Football: Broncos rally but suffer first defeat

WICHITA FALLS — After spotting Wichita Falls Rider a 27-0 lead, the Denton Broncos weren’t looking like a team that had started the first six games of the season undefeated.

Football: Broncos all business on quest for 7-0

As the Denton Broncos huddled after Tuesday’s practice, coach Kevin Atkinson stressed to the team that it needed to practice and play like a 6-0 team and treat its trip to Wichita Falls as a business trip with a workmanlike mindset.

Volleyball: Denton sweeps Saginaw

The Denton Lady Broncos still have work to do before they can accomplish their goal of winning the District 5-5A championship.

Football: Broncos roll on

After Denton’s season-defining win against Saginaw Boswell a week ago, the Broncos were set on not letting the success get to their heads. Against District 5-5A unbeaten Fort Worth Brewer on Friday at Bronco Field, Denton had its best start to a game this season with standout performances from quarterback Christian Rodriguez, wideout Key’Andre Hearvey and a stout defense as it defeated the Bears 50-14 to remain the only undefeated team left in the district while moving to 6-0 for the first time since 1987.

Football: Denton seeks 6-0 start

Waiting until the last play of the game to grasp hold of a 5-0 start and 2-0 start in District 5-5A with their 47-43 win against Saginaw, the Denton Broncos are riding high. But coach Kevin Atkinson doesn’t want to see his team regress after their biggest win in recent program history when they face the other district unbeaten team in Fort Worth Brewer at homecoming today at Bronco Field.

Tennis: Denton tennis earns playoff berth

The Denton Bronco tennis team, with a victory over Fort Worth Brewer on Tuesday night, have qualified for the UIL state team tennis playoffs, which begins later this month.

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DHS winning culture unifies

It had been 21 years since Denton High School’s football team started a season 5-0, and not only are this year’s Broncos’ winning ways breeding confidence on the field, but their success has infused the school with a spirit and pride that haven’t been seen in a long time.

Volleyball: Denton focused on this season

Denton coach Danielle Kading insists this season isn’t about redemption for the Lady Broncos. Prior to Friday’s key District 5-5A match against Saginaw Boswell, Kading said she was reminded that her team had a chance at redemption against the Lady Pioneers — who ousted Denton in the first round of last year’s Class 4A playoffs. That was the least of Kading’s concerns, though.

Football: Broncos improve to 5-0

The Denton Broncos biggest game of the season so far gave them their closest challenge, with the game coming down to the final play. Saginaw Boswell had the ball at the seven-yard line with time for one last play, but Denton’s Key’Andre Hearvey deflected the final pass in the right corner of the end zone to secure a 5-0 start for the Broncos and a 47-43 victory at Bronco Field on Friday.

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Football: Broncos face off in battle of unbeatens

Denton coach Kevin Atkinson wasn’t willing to proclaim that his team would start the season undefeated through their first four games, but as the Broncos prepare to face their stiffest test of the season today at home against Saginaw Boswell, Atkinson thinks his team is right where he expected them to be.

Football: Broncos roll past Rangers for 4-0 start

FORT WORTH — Everything the Denton Broncos did in preparation for Friday’s district-opening showdown on the road against Saginaw Chisholm Trail was done with one word in mind — fast. The Broncos used an early Chisholm Trail turnover and a quick score to get themselves off on the right foot on the way to a two-possession lead at halftime, as they eventually defeated the Rangers 50-14 to move to 4-0 on the season.

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Football: Broncos start district play against Rangers

The Denton Broncos have shot out to a perfect nondistrict start, showing off a balanced offense and a dynamic defense. But when they face Saginaw Chisholm Trail on the road today, they’re preparing to start the first of two new seasons — the district schedule and the playoffs.

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Football: Key takeaway

Most of the time, when a team wins the turnover battle, it wins the game. Through three games, the Denton Broncos have forced 10 turnovers — with four in each of their past two games — and are off to a 3-0 start.

Volleyball: Lady Broncos prevail in five after dropping two straight sets

In a showdown between two District 5-5A unbeatens, the Denton Lady Broncos waited until the last minute to pull a victory out of the fire as they overcame visiting Wichita Falls Rider 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 28-30, 17-15 on Tuesday night.

Football: Balanced Broncos go to 3-0

After relying on the running game in their first two victories, the Denton Broncos knew that they were going to see Friday’s opponent Carrollton Creekview focus on stopping it. Instead, they went to the air for a more balanced attack.

Football: Denton aims for a quick start tonight

Through the first two weeks of the season, the Denton Broncos have earned the wins they’ve desired, but the games haven’t exactly started according to plan. Against Carrollton Creekview today in their first home game of the season, the Broncos will look to start fast and head into their bye week with a perfect 3-0 record.

Volleyball: Denton dominates against Fossil Ridge

Junior outside hitter Kenzie Dozier credited her setters and the defense for why she had such a productive game against Keller Fossil Ridge on Tuesday. With District 5-5A play just around the corner, Dozier’s team-leading 13 kills helped the Lady Broncos rediscover some much-needed chemistry on the way to a swift sweep of the Lady Panthers 25-14, 25-14, 25-19.

Football: Scott’s five scores give Broncos win

GRANBURY — The Denton Broncos have a saying they repeat frequently. “Run to win.” After leading his team to its first win of the season against Wilmer-Hutchins, junior running back Xavier Scott found a way to outdo himself. Scott rushed for 304 yards and five touchdowns to guide the Broncos to a 48-28 win over Granbury in a turnover-laden tilt on the road on Friday.

Football: Atkinson faces his old team

When Denton coach Kevin Atkinson returns to Granbury this Friday night, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the coach who spent most of his youth in the town.

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Denton’s Clark set for a new role with team

When Denton senior offensive lineman Rowdy Clark felt his right knee hurting at one of North Texas’ summer football camps in June, he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know to what extent.After getting...

Volleyball: Denton tops Ryan in rivalry

The atmosphere on Tuesday night inside Billy Ryan Gym was one that was fitting for a meeting for crosstown rivals.

Football: Broncos cruise past Eagles

DALLAS — Junior running back Xavier Scott had only fumbled twice in his varsity career heading into the Broncos’ season-opening game at Wilmer-Hutchins on Friday. On Denton’s first offensive possession of the game, Scott fumbled to squander supreme field position away at the Eagles’ 20-yard line. But that didn’t deter Scott from refocusing and putting the team on his shoulders to the tune of 160 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos took down Wilmer-Hutchins 28-14.

Football: Denton gets fast Eagles for opener

Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov was famous for helping introduce the idea of classical conditioning, in which he conducted an experiment with a dog, meat powder and a bell.

Volleyball: Lady Eagles rally to knock off Denton in five sets

ARGYLE — Falling behind 2-1 with a razor-thin loss to Denton in the third set, the Argyle Lady Eagles had lost their aggressive demeanor. Rediscovering their enthusiasm and offensive purpose, the Lady Eagles fought back and edged out the Lady Broncos in the decisive fifth set for a 25-20, 21-25, 29-31, 25-17, 16-14 victory Tuesday.

Football: Broncos find defense to be strength

Denton coach Kevin Atkinson had been worrying about his offense in the weeks of practice leading up to Friday’s scrimmage against Little Elm at Bronco Field.

Football: Denton teams head into final tuneups

Over the years, Guyer coach John Walsh has tested his relatively young program against some of the most tradition-rich teams in the state.

Thompson takes lead in compensation suit against NCAA

Derek Thompson, North Texas’ former starting quarterback, has agreed to be the lead plaintiff in a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that the NCAA and its member conferences have conspired to deny college athletes adequate compensation for their performances.

Volleyball: Ryan ready for play on own floor in Classic

The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.

Volleyball: Denton rolls past Liberty in season-opening sweep

In Denton’s season opener against visiting Liberty Christian on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos wrote a similar script in each of the three sets.

Football: Atkinson: ‘They’re buying what we’re selling’

In their first fall practice of the season and their third under coach Kevin Atkinson, the Denton Broncos are buying into the core football principles and acclimating to the team’s standards.

Football: New districts mean new opportunities for local teams

Lake Dallas coach Michael Young has plenty of reasons to be excited and optimistic as the Falcons begin football workouts today. For starters, a lot of his sophomore starters from a 6-4 2013 campaign are now juniors with more experience under their belts. Also, while there are not a ton of new faces on the roster, the Falcons have fresh faces to go up against once the season begins in less than three weeks.

Local volleyball teams face changing landscape

A strong argument could have been made last year that Argyle’s volleyball team was the second-best in all of Class 3A.

Kinne to join Denton football staff

Denton High head football coach Kevin Atkinson was looking for coaches with experience to add to his staff heading into his third season with the Broncos. Experience is not something Gary Joe Kinne is short on.

Quick ascent

FRISCO — After Hunter Dozier doubled to deep center field in the top of the fifth inning, it wasn’t hard to spot his 100 or so supporters behind the first-base dugout.

Water polo: Denton teams await UIL decision

When the Denton school district’s water polo program was created in 1999, coach Chris Cullen and his teams struggled, to say the least.

Baseball: Denton’s Dozier promoted to Double-A

When former Denton standout Hunter Dozier hit the beach during the Carolina League’s All-Star break, he was planning on returning to his minor-league baseball club in Wilmington, Delaware, after the break.

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Derek Thompson to coach football, basketball at Denton

Derek Thompson knew that if he didn’t play football beyond his days at North Texas he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and coach on the high school level.

Baseball: Coach of the year

Tim Tadlock felt like he had reached a crossroads in his coaching career in 2005.

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Baseball: Pitchers’ go-to guy

Skip Johnson’s ability to teach people how to throw a baseball 60 feet, 6 inches has impacted where youngsters have gone to college, turned college pitchers into major-leaguers and helped turn professional pitchers into millionaires.

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Soccer: Broncos’ new coach ready to inject a winning attitude

From the first summer workout to the last game of the season, Denton’s Ryan Dunlevy has cultivated a winning attitude and a family atmosphere with his energy and expectations.

Baseball: Youthful approach

Playing baseball in the street is all Denton’s Nick Buck would ever look forward to as a 5-year old kid.

Softball: Sanger trio highlights all-district selections

The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.

Boys soccer: Denton’s Heffley ready to retire from coaching

Through some down years and Denton’s recent run of success, coach Scott Heffley has seen the boys soccer team lose and regain its grasp on the fundamentals.

Football: Broncos exercise competitive spirit

Less than a minute into the second half of Denton’s spring game at Bronco Field, wide receiver Key’andre Hearvey was tagged with an offensive pass interference penalty and fell to his knees in disbelief.

Football: Broncos’ growth to be on display

Propagating timber bamboo is how Denton head coach Kevin Atkinson sees the growth of his football team and with today’s spring game celebrating the Broncos development; it’s also time to see some tangible maturation.